The Chicago Bears and Bears Care will be donating more than $200,000 to the American Red Cross — Greater Chicago Region for their Illinois tornado relief fund, the team announced on Monday.
Last Tuesday, the Chicago Bears established the website www.chicagobears.com/tornadorelief where fans could donate money or bid on game worn items from the team’s overtime victory over the Ravens (those included shoes with actual Soldier Field mud). The St. Louis Rams also donated a suite to last Sunday’s Bears-Rams game.
Thanks to the generosity of Bears fans, the online auction raised $32,857 when the bidding closed at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, and additional cash donations totaled $22,240. Bears Care, the team’s charitable beneficiary, will match the $55,097 total raised online, and the Chicago Bears will add an additional $100,000 to bring the total donation to $210,194.
A check for $210,194 will be presented on Tuesday to the American Red Cross — Greater Chicago Region for their Illinois tornado relief fund during the CBS Chicago Cares Disaster Relief Radio-Telethon, which will air on WBBM-AM 780 and FM 105.9 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bears Care board members Jerry Azumah and Dave Anderson will join team mascot Staley Da Bear for the check presentation at 6:15 p.m.